Some who define it as supporting or opposing President Obama and his agenda do so because they either want him to succeed or fail. And some who define it as the last chance to stop bad legislation have a political agenda: They want to kill any health care bill Congress considers this year for leverage in next year’s congressional elections.

That’s more of the old Washington political gamesmanship people are fed up with. It’s not about working together on a bipartisan basis for the good of the American people. It’s not about taking time to get the right health care bill.

In reality, the meaning of the motion to proceed is very simple:

It’s a motion to commence debate and an opportunity to make changes.

Let me say it again: it is a motion to start debate on a bill and to try to improve it.

If you don’t like the bill, then why would you block your own opportunity to amend it? Why would you stop senators from doing the job they’re elected to do—debate, consider amendments, and take action on an issue affecting every American?

via Ben Nelson, U.S. Senator for Nebraska: Nelson Statement on Health Care Motion to Proceed.

Maybe opponents of the health insurance bill want to kill it because it’s bad for America.

We don’t want the bill amended. We want the bill defeated. We are already bankrupt and can’t afford this bill in any form.

Sadly, I fear Sen. Nelson is himself engaged in “political gamesmanship.” He wants it both ways: by voting for cloture he can satisfy the Democrat party leadership and by voting against the bill he can appease his constituents.

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